Thursday, February 14, 2013

Batman's SUV? Smart money says its the RDX


Mark Glover’s AutoGlo car reviews also can be seen on the business page of The Sacramento Bee’s website – via the “GALLERY: Reviews of new cars” link at www.sacbee.com/business

Sacramento, California – If Batman wanted to drive a sport-utility vehicle, I’m betting that the extensively reworked-for-2013 Acura RDX would be his choice.

Good eye, Bat guy.

My tester totally looked the part with a shining ebony paint job, stealth fighter jet angles in just the right places and enough smooth surfacing to make the five-passenger SUV cut through the air effortlessly.

Naturally, the 3.5-liter V-6 with 273 horsepower had a little something to do with that last part.Robust performance was dished up in smooth, relatively quiet doses, but you quickly realize that things are just fine as you’re blasting past everything on the road.

I had the wisdom step off the gas before my quick run up near 80 miles per hour came to the attention of uniformed persons driving black and white cars topped with blue and red lights.

Risky business never felt so good.  The RDX performed with sport-sedan quality.

Acura touted its new “motion adaptive electronic power steering system” on this RDX, and maybe I was missing the technology fireworks here, but all I can tell you is the SUV handled with snap-quick responsiveness and fiercely gripped the road even when I challenged the round rubber with high-speed slalom runs.  Very nice.

My black beauty was the priciest trim level, with the all-wheel-drive and tech package starting at $39,420.  No extras needed as the tester was dolled up with all the bells and whistles.

Inside, well, welcome to the executive suite.  Dripping in luxury and enough comfort/convenience features to keep you diving back into the owner’s manual like a kid with his first mega-Legos set.

Given all that’s in it, you’re stealing this ride for $40,000.

Yes, gas mileage might be better, but 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway isn’t a disaster with a six-cylinder power plant.

Frankly, I found zero to complain about in my week with the vehicle.  It’s a vast improvement over the RDX introduced to the world in 2007.

If you can afford the fare, it shapes up as a nice addition to your batcave.

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